This was filmed in Rhône-Alpes (France) & in Etat du Valais (Switzerland) from June to July 2011.
Producing it was in some way „extreme photography“: Shooting for up to 10 hours, winds up to 6bft., elevation between 500m and 3.800m above see level, temperature between -6°C and +35°C. Just to capture these special moments. For example at 1:12 you can see - in the middle of the night - dozens of mountaineers on their way to Mt. Blanc summit, all striving to stand on top of the roof of Europe at sunrise. More mountaineers at 1:20, 1:30 and 1:38 - enjoy it fullscreen.
These were shot on two different days with the PMW-EX1 while shooting a La Fuma commercial on Super 35 at Cinque Torre near Cortina d' Amepezzo. The Dolomites are just indescribably awesome. The climbing is exquisite and the landscape is right out of a fairy tale. I hope to get back there in the winter as well for some skiing/snowboarding.
The line producer on the shoot was "Shoot in the Alps" http://www.shootinthealps.com and my camera rigger/assistant was Paolo Tassi http://www.guidecortina.com/frmHtmlContents.aspx?id=Paolo-Tassi&lang=EN from Cortina Alpine Guides and both of whom were excellent.
BEST VIEWED IN HD AND FULLSCREEN (with scaling off)
Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.
Shot entirely in Ultra HD 4K resolution, this short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.
For 17 days I traveled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, traveled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular.
Iceland is a landscape photographers paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must visit list. Iceland during the Midnight Sun is in sort of a permanent state of sunset. The sun never full sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, as can be seen in the opening shot and at the :51 second mark in the video.
During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of "Golden light". Once the sun had set it wouldn't even get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don't start to reappear until August.
My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple... You MUST visit Iceland sometime during your lifetime. You will never regret it.
So I saw all of these pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do something that is not news footage but something more cinematic. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.
Wish I had more time. I missed all the cool Lightning and the Lava of the first eruption. But I figure this will just be a trial run for another day.
I am of course accepting sponsors to send me back there for more please...!! haha